2015 Frédéric Esmonin Hautes-Côte de Nuits Rouge SKU #1289875


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Tasting Notes

Located in Gevrey-Chambertin, Frédéric Esmonin has winemaking in his blood. His father, Andre, produced the grand cru Mazis-Chambertin for the Hospice de Beaune, and his cousin Sylvie is also well regarded. From the Prince of Pinot: "Judicious use of oak, excellent concentration at every level and early bottling maintaining freshness make Esmonin's wines very attractive and finely structured red Burgundies. They are among the first Burgundies from each vintage to arrive on our shores and they are very reasonably priced considering the pedigree of the vineyard sources."

Staff Reviews

  • Heather Vander Wall
    By: Heather Vander Wall
    K&L Staff Member
    If you are looking for a classic, medium-bodied red Burgundy that can be enjoyed now, I would highly recommend this bottling from Frederic Esmonin. The nose is quite expressive with red currant and blackberry notes giving way to fairly ripe fruit on the palate, with just the right touch of vibrant acidity to keep the whole in balance. Elegant and accessible to a variety of palates, this wine is an easy choice!
  • Sharon Kelly
    By: Sharon Kelly
    K&L Staff Member
    It is a struggle to find Pinot Noir below $30 that delivers this much pleasure. This release from Frédéric Esmonin shows rich raspberry and cherry notes, and the acidity is soft but present, with a clean finish that will have you reaching for a second glass. This balanced, easy-drinking wine is wonderful over conversation with friends and a simple meal of roasted chicken and seasonal vegetables. At a recent dinner with friends, the bottle was empty before our meal was finished cooking so we had no choice but to open a second. Darn.
  • John Downing
    By: John Downing
    K&L Staff Member
    Value priced Burgundies are almost an oxymoron these days but we are always quick to buy them when we find them. This latest arrival from Frederic Esmonin is one of the better red Burgundy deals in our cellar. It's elegant and refined with a pure expression of earthy cherry fruit and mouthwatering acidity and one of my personal favorites from the Hautes Cote de Nuits.


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